Patent model for printers' pocket case for bodkins and tweezers

Description (Brief)
This patent model demonstrates an invention for a combined tool in which bodkin and tweezers folded into their own handle for portability; the invention was granted patent number 70261. The bodkin (a small pointed awl) and tweezers were tools with many uses in the print shop, and always ready to the printer's hand.
Currently not on view
Object Name
manufacture, printers pocket case
date made
ca 1867
patent date
Quail, William
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
overall: 7 cm x 1 cm x 1 cm; 2 3/4 in x 3/8 in x 3/8 in
ID Number
patent number
accession number
catalog number
Industry & Manufacturing
Patent Models, Graphic Arts
Patent Models
See more items in
Culture and the Arts: Graphic Arts
Patent Models
Patent Models, Graphic Arts
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Visitor Comments

2/22/2014 10:30:16 PM
I own a similar object patented in 1867. It is a printers knife made by the R Hoe Company. With many years of research behind me I've yet to find another. I'd be happy to send more information or additional pictures if requested. You can see a photo and brief article at the end of this APA Journal link. Regards, Rocky Baranowski Phoenix, AZ
Add a comment about this object

**Please read before submitting the form**

Have a comment or question about this object to share with the community? Please use the form below. Selected comments will appear on this page and may receive a museum response (but we can't promise). Please note that we generally cannot answer questions about the history, rarity, or value of your personal artifacts.

Have a question about anything else, or would you prefer a personal response? Please visit our FAQ or contact page.

Personal information will not be shared or result in unsolicited e-mail. See our privacy policy.

Enter the characters shown in the image.